Buildings constructed before the 1980s may contain asbestos and lead, which are often found during fire or water damage restoration. Abatement services are recommended to prevent health problems like cancer or organ damage.
Our technicians will assess the amount of lead and asbestos present in your building and create a well-timed and affordable plan for abatement removal. We can handle a project of any complication or size, even if the project requires abatement, insulation, or scaffolding. RestorationMaster offers lead and asbestos removal services to homes and buildings in Georgetown, TX.
Dangers of Lead
Lead particles are dangerous to breathe in because the body absorbs lead at high levels and creates health issues. Tissue, bones, and blood all absorb large amounts of lead and can cause lead poisoning in the body. The following symptoms are indications of lead poisoning:
- Abdominal pain
- Loss of appetite
- Memory loss
Lead poisoning is often overlooked because its symptoms can easily be attributed to something else. It is dangerous to be frequently exposed to high levels of lead because it may cause infertility, high blood pressure, brain and kidney damage, heart disease, anemia, and even death.
Pregnant women should be especially cautious because exposure to lead may introduce dangers to their baby and cause a miscarriage or stillbirth. Children are usually affected by lead poisoning much more than adults because they show symptoms at lower levels.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), lead is likely responsible for cancer.
Dangers of Asbestos
Asbestos fibers are dangerous to breathe in when asbestos is disturbed because the fibers crumble and are released into the air. Common building materials containing asbestos like shingles, cabinet tops, ceiling tiles, and floor tiles will only release asbestos if they are damaged because the asbestos fibers will not be released unless disturbed. Aging, water damage, and physical impact are all examples of things that can damage these materials and increase the risk of friable asbestos.
Once the body has absorbed asbestos, the fibers are lodged into lung or body tissues and the body is unable to remove them. The asbestos fibers will remain inside the body and may cause illnesses, primarily mesothelioma, asbestosis, and lung cancer.
To determine your likelihood of developing an asbestos-related disease, consider the following factors:
- Age: Children and the elderly are much more likely to develop illnesses because their immune systems aren’t as strong as their adult counterparts.
- Amount of exposure: Try to limit your exposure to asbestos to reduce your risk of developing health problems. There is no safe amount of exposure to asbestos, but people who are frequently exposed are more at risk.
- Smoking habits: Cigarette smokers who are often exposed to asbestos are more likely to develop lung cancer than someone who doesn’t smoke. If you work with or are frequently exposed to asbestos, you should quit smoking immediately.
Frequent exposure to asbestos increases your risk of developing an illness related to asbestos, so it is important to minimize your exposure if possible.
The lead removal process should only be performed by a professional and not the homeowner because exposure to lead without the proper equipment is dangerous. A lead inspector will assess your property to determine how much lead is present and create a report detailing all information about contamination.
Our professionals will decide the best way to remove lead from your property based on the information in the report. Once the decision is made, the abatement process will begin, which involves encapsulation, scraping, stripping, and replacing the lead or lead-based paint.
After the abatement process, the lead inspector will return to assess the property afterwards and determine if the building is clean enough to pass the final inspection and earn a letter of compliance. The letter confirms that the property is “lead-safe” and the residents can safely resume occupancy.
The asbestos removal process should only be performed by a lead professional because it is unsafe for people without the proper equipment or experience to attempt abatement. Any level of exposure to asbestos is dangerous according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
All areas and materials that contain asbestos should be considered dangerous and avoided. An inspector will perform an assessment of your property for potential hazards and take samples of questionable material to analyze. If asbestos is found, professionals will perform a complete removal or encapsulation, otherwise known as abatement.
The materials and objects affected by asbestos will either be encapsulated, meaning restored, or completely removed if the damage is too serious. Encapsulation is less expensive than removal, but the asbestos is only encapsulated under a coat of sealant and not removed from the area.
Our trained professionals have the certification and experience to remove lead and asbestos with industry-approved techniques. We will safely remove hazardous materials from your property and protect your indoor environment. Contact RestorationMaster by Century at (512) 765-9630 for our asbestos and lead removal services in Georgetown, TX.